Camp 2 Apl ’64

Your note of 30th dear Mary with the socks, arrived last evg. I have sent them to the stone wall brigade. The number all right, 30 prs: Including this last parcel of 30 prs: I have sent to that brigade 263 prs. Still there are about 140 men in that brigade whose homes are within the enemy’s lines & who are without socks. I shall Continue to furnish them until all are Supplied. Tell the young women to work hard for the brave Stonewallers. The bread you sent was very nice & we enjoyed it very much. But you must not deduct from your supplies. I do not See how you will be able to live in Richmond. You had better be looking out for some part of the Country where there are some provisions. I presume the officers cannot buy but one ration a day in Richmond now. How Custis, yourself, the three girls, Billy & Sally can live long on ¼ lb of bacon & 1 ½ pints meal I cannot see. The other officers of the mess will require all their allowance. I hope Shirley will give a crumb to Custis Morgan.1 He is in love & Can live on Sweet looks. Give much love to all & a kiss to Margaret. Fitzhugh was to have returned to day. We have had a continuing storm since yesterday & it is still snowing hard. May God have mercy on us all & bless you

very sincerely

R E Lee




1. The family’s pet squirrel.



Source: Photocopy of original letter, Lee Family Papers, Mss1 L 51 c 509, Section 26, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2022 June 7